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Gap to take Old Navy to the Middle East
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:12:00 GMT


US clothing retailer Gap Inc is to open its first Old Navy Stores in the Middle East through a deal with franchisees Fawaz A Alhokair & Co and Azadea.
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Top stories last week on just-style...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style last week included the possible sale of Adidas's Reebok brand, figures that suggest UK textile sector wages and productivity are the lowest of all the country's manufacturing industries, and reports that structural issues may have been to blame for the collapse of a Cambodian garment factory.
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Fits.me completes US$5.3m management buy-in
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:00 GMT


Virtual fitting room developer Fits.me has received EUR4.2m (US$5.3m) from its CEO and existing investors in a management buy-in.
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Gerber Technology's AccuMark 10 to feature 3D capability
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:23:00 GMT


Gerber Technology is preparing to launch a new version of its AccuMark garment development and pattern-making tool with integrated 3D visualisation of designs and corrections.
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Dassault Systèmes to launch 3D Platform in UK
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:29:00 GMT


Dassault Systèmes is partnering with international software business Island Pacific to launch its 3DExperince Platform to fashion brands and retailers in the UK.
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Kering multi-brand strategy boosts Q3 sales
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:14:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has booked an increase in third-quarter revenues, thanks to the multi-brand strategy it has in place.
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Aquascutum appoints Chan to CEO role
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:00 GMT


UK luxury brand Aquascutum has appointed Andrew Chan to the newly created role of chief executive officer.
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COMMENT: Innovation is the name of the game
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:15:00 GMT


Innovation is all about change - sometimes planned, often unplanned. But there are lessons to be learned too, and as garment companies move to set up in-house innovation centres they would do well to take heed, writes David Birnbaum.
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INTERVIEW: Mango continues on global growth trajectory
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:10:00 GMT


Spanish fashion retailer Mango might have its roots firmly in Europe, but is on a growth trajectory globally, making its presence felt in most major countries. just-style spoke with managing director Enric Casi and Jose Gomez, VP of international business development, about what the future holds and the challenges of operating in today's changing retail environment.
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Fits.me completes first phase of management buy-in
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:00 GMT


Virtual fitting room solutions provider Fits.me has received EUR4.2m (US$5.3m) from its CEO and existing investors in a management buy-in.
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Gerber Technology AccuMark 10 to feature 3D capability
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:23:00 GMT


Gerber Technology is preparing to launch a new version of its AccuMark garment development and pattern-making tool with integrated 3D visualisation of designs and corrections.
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China quadruples textile imports from North Korea
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:21:00 GMT


Exports of textiles from North Korea to China are expected to quadruple to US$800m by the end of 2014, giving Chinese clothing firms a welcome supply of cheap fabric.
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Crystal Group steps up efforts in carbon monitoring
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:25:00 GMT


Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group has stepped up its efforts to disclose greenhouse gas emissions by becoming one of just two unlisted companies taking part in a climate change questionnaire.
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China and US apparel groups strengthen trade ties
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:27:00 GMT


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel (CCCT) have agreed to jointly address industry issues ranging from product safety, to labelling and retail.
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More reform needed in Bangladesh apparel sector
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:25:00 GMT


More work is needed to reform Bangladesh's apparel industry if the country's exports are to grow, a report has found.
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Structural issues found at collapsed Cambodia factory
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:59:00 GMT


An initial risk inspection on a Cambodia clothing factory which collapsed earlier this week injuring eight people suggests structural issues may have been to blame.
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Mr Price shares climb on H1 profit expectations
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:07:00 GMT


South African discount retailer Mr Price Group saw its share price climb by close of trading after revealing it expects to record a 20-24% increase in earnings for its first-half.
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Deckers Outdoor Q3 beats estimates
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:51:00 GMT


Footwear specialist Deckers Outdoor has revealed second-quarter earnings and sales that beat analyst estimates.
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Gap to take Old Navy to Middle East
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:12:00 GMT


US clothing retailer Gap Inc is to open its first Old Navy Stores in the Middle East through a deal with franchisees Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co. and Azadea.
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Private equity firm Palladin invests in Harrys of London
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:41:00 GMT


Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners has acquired a majority stake in luxury men's footwear and accessories business Harrys of London in a move that is expected to launch the brand into its next growth phase.
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Inspection finds structural issues at collapsed factory
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:59:00 GMT


An initial risk inspection on a Cambodia clothing factory which collapsed earlier this week injuring eight people, found it had structural issues.
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China and US MoU strengthens apparel trade ties
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:27:00 GMT


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel (CCCT) have signed an MoU designed to address industry issues of concern from product safety, to labelling and retail.
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Barker named interim leader of Outdoor Industry Association
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:05:00 GMT


Industry veteran Steve Barker has been appointed to run the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) on an interim basis, while a search for a permanent leader is underway.
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Wholesale sales boost Rocky Brands Q3 profit
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:25:00 GMT


An increase in wholesale sales has resulted in a 6.9% third-quarter net profit growth for US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands.
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Unifi to grow texturing capacity in CAFTA region
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:58:00 GMT


Yarn manufacturer Unifi has revealed plans to increase its texturing capacity in the US and Central America next year to meet growing demand for synthetic yarns in the CAFTA region.
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Carter's Q3 earnings and sales climb
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:09:00 GMT


Children's wear company Carter's has revealed an increase in third-quarter sales and earnings, which met the group's expectations.
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Under Armour ups guidance as Q3 profit climbs
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:10:00 GMT


Performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand Under Armour has upped its full-year guidance as it revealed an increase in third-quarter earnings and sales.
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Reebok fined in Australia over EasyTone claims
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:33:00 GMT


Sports giant Reebok has been penalised by an Australian court over its EasyTone shoe range, which it claimed boosts muscle tone of calves, thighs and buttocks more than traditional walking shoes would.
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UK clothing sales fall in warm September
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:39:00 GMT


The latest evidence that unseasonably mild weather in the UK is having an adverse impact on retailers came today (23 October) as new figures showed a drop in clothing sales during September.
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Tesco's H1 profit plunge: What the analysts say
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:41:00 GMT


In an unsurprising announcement this morning (23 October), troubled UK retail behemoth Tesco posted a 92% decline in first-half profits, weighed down by its higher-than-expected accounting error. While many analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its darkest days, views are mixed on how fast a turnaround, if any, is likely for the business.
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Stronger reform needed in Bangladesh apparel sector
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:25:00 GMT


Stronger attention is needed to reform Bangladesh's apparel industry if exports are to grow, a report has found.
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Tesco chairman resigns as H1 profits plunge 92%
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:05:00 GMT


Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has stepped down in light of the accounting error that has resulted in a 92% decline in first-half profit for the troubled UK retail giant.
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Westminster Media Forum - Prospects for the British fashion industry: Quote/unquote
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:44:00 GMT


Textile and apparel brands, manufacturers and retailers assembled in London on Tuesday (21 October) to discuss the prospects for Britain's fashion industry. Domestic manufacturing, sector skills, and wearable technology were among the main points discussed. Here is a selection of comments made at the keynote seminar, organised by the Westminster Media Forum.
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RNB Retail and Brands moves to Q4 profit
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:24:00 GMT


Scandinavian retail business RNB Retail and Brands has moved to a profit and booked an increase in sales in its fourth-quarter.
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US apparel prices decline in September
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:42:00 GMT


Apparel prices in the US dropped in September, for a second consecutive month, according to new figures.
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Debenhams FY profits tumble on discounting
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:03:00 GMT


UK department store retailer Debenhams saw its profits tumble in last fiscal due to the impact of sales on last year's warm winter weather and heavy discounting during its crucial Christmas period.
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Skechers shares slide as costs hit Q3 profit
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT


US shoe maker Skechers USA saw its share price slide after recording third-quarter earnings that were hurt by foreign exchange losses and warehousing costs.
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Safety Commission facing responsive challenges
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:10:00 GMT


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is facing challenges in responding to product safety risks and is reviewing potential improvements, a US government report has stated.
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Living wage campaigns get underway in Africa
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:41:00 GMT


Action plans are being developed in several African countries to push for living wages, with unions across the region agreeing to work towards this goal.
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New hires help upgrade Crocs management team
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:23:00 GMT


US footwear business Crocs has made a number of key management appointments intended to help the company to turn its fortunes around.
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Transparency boosts Cambodia factory improvements
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:00 GMT


Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is continuing to help to improve conditions for workers, according to a new report.
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Colombia trade minister vows to aid struggling exporters
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:39:00 GMT


Colombia's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Cecilia Alvarez-Correa has pledged to support the country's beleaguered textile exporters at a time when imports outpace exports three-to-one.
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Aalfs selects tool to manage Nicaragua production
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:38:00 GMT


Apparel maker Aalfs Uno SA is implementing NGC's Shop Floor Control platform to help manage operations at its denim and twill manufacturing plant in Nicaragua.
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Kering promotes Flore to Brioni CEO
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:12:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has promoted Gianluca Flore to CEO of its Italian men's wear brand Brioni, replacing Francesco Pesci.
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Shoe Zone FY profit to meet expectations
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:34:00 GMT


Shoe Zone has said its earnings for the year will be in line with expectations having had the best August in its history followed by a slow September, with a late start to the boot season.
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EU strikes trade deal with East African Community
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:16:00 GMT


The European Union (EU) and five East African nations - including Kenya - have agreed a new comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) allowing duty-free exports between the two regions.
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Stakeholders urge quick conclusion to US port talks
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:18:00 GMT


Around 104 organisations - including those representing US apparel, retail and footwear firms - have joined forces to urge unions to conclude West Coast ports talks amid growing concerns over delayed shipments.
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SuperGroup management reshuffle shows "strategic ambition"
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:00 GMT


SuperGroup's management reshuffle, which involves the appointment of Euan Sutherland as CEO, shows "strategic ambition" by the retailer, analysts believe.
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Eight injured in Cambodia clothing factory collapse
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:45:00 GMT


At least eight workers at a clothing factory in Cambodia's Takeo province have been injured after the floor collapsed yesterday (21 October).
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Stakeholders urge quick conclusion to port talks
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:18:00 GMT


Around 104 organisations have joined forces to urge unions to conclude port talks to allay growing concerns of thousands of businesses relying on the West Coast ports for supply chain operations.
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SuperGroup reshuffle shows "strategic ambition"
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:00 GMT


SuperGroup's management reshuffle, which involves the appointment of Euan Sutherland as CEO, shows "strategic ambition" by the retailer, analysts believe.
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SuperGroup appoints Sutherland to CEO role
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT


Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has appointed non-executive director Euan Sutherland as group chief executive to replace Julian Dunkerton.
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Anya Hindmarch to deploy apparel PLM
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:31:00 GMT


Handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has selected Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, to support its growth ambitions.
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Finish Line appoints Sato as president
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:00 GMT


US athletic apparel and footwear retailer The Finish Line has appointed Samuel Sato, formerly president if the Finish Line brand, as group president.
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Crocs appoints business transformation SVP
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:23:00 GMT


US footwear business Crocs has made a number of key management appointments, including that of global business transformation SVP as the company looks to turn its fortunes around.
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New CEOs for Bottega Veneta and Christopher Kane
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:15:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has appointed new chief executives for its Bottega Veneta and Christopher Kane brands as part of a management reshuffle.
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Sears seeks to raise more cash
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:00 GMT


Sears Holdings has announced its intention to raise as much as US$625m through an unsecured loan and equity warrants in a bid to generate additional liquidity and shore up its balance sheet.
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Transparency boosting Cambodia factory improvements
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:00 GMT


Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is continuing to help to improve conditions for workers, according to a new report.
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H&M and The North Face commit to responsible down
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:17:00 GMT


Leading international brands including H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face and Marmot have committed to using responsibly sourced and traceable down in their products.
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Kering appoints Bottega and Christopher Kane CEOs
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:15:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has appointed new chief executives for its Bottega Veneta and Christopher Kane brands as part of a management reshuffle.
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Gerber adds to team with Software Solutions head
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:40:00 GMT


Gerber Technology has named Karsten Newbury as vice president and general manager of its Software Solutions, in a move the company says strengthens its focus on providing integrated tools for the fashion industry.
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Ascena's Justice & Brothers CEO Rayden retires
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:40:00 GMT


Michael Rayden, the president and CEO of the Justice & Brothers subsidiary of US fashion business Ascena Retail Group, is to retire.
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US consumers plan to spend more this holiday season
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:07:00 GMT


An annual survey has found that consumers plan to increase their spending this holiday season, with online sales set to take an even greater share of the prize than last year.
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Asos FY profit drop: What the analysts say
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:05:00 GMT


Online apparel retailer Asos this morning (21 October) booked a mixed set of full-year results as sales climbed but profits fell due to the strong pound, operational investments and the impact from its warehouse fire. Analysts gave a mixed view of the results.
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Cotton support programmes affect export competitiveness
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:47:00 GMT


Countries with policies that support cotton prices above the world level could be reducing the competitiveness of their cotton and textile exports - especially yarn and fabric - a new report suggests.
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Asos FY profit dips on strong pound
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:54:00 GMT


Online apparel retailer Asos has booked a mixed set of full-year results as sales climbed but profits fell due to the strong pound, operational investments and the impact from its warehouse fire.
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Bangladesh taps factory inspectors ahead of review
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:00 GMT


The Bangladesh government says it is moving ahead with the recruitment of an additional 200 factory inspectors as a key European meeting took place today (20 October) to review the country's progress in improving labour rights, working conditions and factory safety.
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Blank Generation to deploy apparel PLM
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT


Design, fashion and licensing business Blank Generation has become the first US customer for South African product lifecycle management (PLM) software firm iSyncSolutions.
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Warm weather hits UK shopper traffic
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:52:00 GMT


UK shopper numbers are forecast to improve in October, despite being hit by unusually warm weather in September.
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Steve Madden cuts outlook after "disappointing" Q3
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:33:00 GMT


US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has lowered its full-year outlook on the back of "disappointing" third-quarter results.
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Checkpoint enhances RFID print shop capabilities
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:02:00 GMT


US-based product identification manufacturer Checkpoint Systems has enhanced the capabilities of its Check-net print shops, allowing for quicker printing, encoding and testing of RFID labels.
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TAL Apparel leads $12m funding in Metail virtual fit tool
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:46:00 GMT


Virtual fitting room company Metail has raised a further US$12m in funding led by Hong Kong based TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers.
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Primark inks US lease deal with Sears Holdings
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:09:00 GMT


UK value fashion retailer Primark has inked a deal with Sears Holdings which will see it lease space in seven stores in the US, a move that could be a sign of things to come.
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Cotton support programmes affect competitiveness
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:47:00 GMT


Countries with policies that support cotton prices above the world level could reduce their export competitiveness for both cotton and textiles, especially yarn and fabric, the latest forecasts show.
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Top stories last week on just-style...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:42:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style last week included a look at the impact of China tightening up on corporate social responsibility, analyst opinion on JC Penney's new CEO, and an overview of Glenn Murphy's seven-year tenure at Gap.
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